Harlan Henry Highfill
Harlan Henry Highfill
  • April 28, 1953 - July 12, 2017
  • Altheimer, Arkansas

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While battling cancer at St. Vincent Hospital, Harlan “Hootie Hoo” Henry Highfill (age 64) passed away July 12, 2017. Hootie was born to the late Karlos Daniel Highfill and Hildagard (Ross) Highfill.

Hootie graduated Little Rock Central High School in 1972. He spent most of his life living in the Swan Lake Community near Altheimer, Arkansas. He loved to hunt and fish and play sports, especially baseball. Hootie was drafted by the San Francisco Giants baseball team in 1972 Major League Draft. He played for Great Falls Giants and Decatur Commodores. In winter months, he played in Hawaii.

Winding down his baseball career he played competitive softball for Wilkerson Diesel, slowing down even more he played for Third Step Country Club. Hootie also believed he scored four touchdowns in one game while playing tailback for the Southwest Junior High “Mustangs”. He retired from a long career with Ash Grove Cement in North Little Rock. Hootie made Gatorade Ball Player of the Year in 1971, in Arkansas.

Hootie leaves behind brothers, James (Linda, deceased), Danny (Becky), Mark (Ana) and sister and caregivers, Carolyn and Roger Osborne.

A general visitation will be held on Friday, July 14, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth, 5800 West 12th Street, Little Rock. Graveside services will be Saturday, July 15, at 2:00 p.m. at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Arkansas Hospice Care.